The three-year long process of responding to Stanford’s long-term development proposal – the General Use Permit (GUP) – is finally drawing to a close. Our local supervisor, Joe Simitian, has done an amazing job of working to require full mitigation of the impacts of this growth. Now it’s time for us to support him in this effort.
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will be meeting in Palo Alto on October 22 to hear from those of us who will bear the brunt of Stanford’s growth. It is critical that we pack the City Council Chambers, so please mark your calendars.
Stanford GUP Hearing
Tuesday, October 22 at 6pm
Palo Alto City Council Chambers
250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto
There are a couple pieces of really good news in the County’s proposed conditions of approval:
- The no net new commute trips requirement is being retained plus there will also be a three-hour window added to the current “peak hour” both morning and evening. In addition, the trip counts will also include delivery/rideshare trips which are currently excluded as “cut-through” trips.
- The Academic Growth Boundary, that mystical line that keeps Stanford development out of the foothills, is being extended to 99 years.
But there are other things that could be better. So whether your issue is traffic, housing, public school funding, open space, flood protection, Caltrain grade separations, bird-friendly building design, something else, or all of the above, the Supervisors need to hear from you (or at least feel your presence). They are likely to vote on the GUP on November 5, so now is the time to weigh in. Please plan to attend!
The final hearing is scheduled to be held at the County Building in San Jose:
Tuesday, November 5 at 1:30pm
Board of Supervisors’ Chambers
County Government Center
70 West Hedding Street, 1st Floor, San Jose
Hope to see you there.
CTRA Stanford Observer